Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover Reveal

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 Gray and Coral Master Bedroom Reveal - Marty's Musings

The day is finally here! Begun back in February, I’m finally finished and able to show all the details of our gray and coral bedroom makeover!

Desperately in need of reviving and updating, this room has my heart and soul poured into it.

We had lived with the same furniture arrangement for 23 years. Yep, that’s right. 23 years.

Gray and Coral Master Bedroom Reveal - Marty's Musings

That’s a long time getting up on the same side of the bed, next to the man I love who helps me accomplish my dreams.

Every detail has been painstakingly reworked or repurposed with my own hands (or those of my DIY hubby).

The ideas were mine. The color scheme was mine. The hard part of convincing my husband to let me paint the furniture was mine.

Honestly, it was like giving birth!

To those of you with larger bedrooms you may not know the huge obstacles you can face between practical and beautiful.

Gray and Coral Master Bedroom Reveal - Marty's Musings

I am so thrilled that this room now has both!

Except for one or two items, everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down.

And lest you think I’m tooting my own horn too much, I share all this because I am not a designer or decorator. I’m just a gal who has learned to create on a budget while spending seemingly endless hours on Pinterest, yardsaling and dreaming.  If I can do this so can you!

 Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

To fully appreciate this room I have to talk you through the before. The walls were done with venetian plaster, a decorative coating system that looks rough but was smooth to the touch.

Almost everything in the bedroom was thrifted or given to us. (I was using the “new to me” comforter flipped over so it wouldn’t get too dirty.)

There was no cohesiveness, just a bunch of yard sale purchases and sentimental items I couldn’t part with it.

Gray and Coral Master Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

We began the makeover by painting the walls. You can read all the details in this post.

Most people find their fabric and then pick out a paint color. Not me! With a painting contractor husband, I just had to go against the norm and pick out the paint color first. 

My initial idea was to use a darker shade of gray for an accent wall (similar to this one Tim did for our daughter Rachel and her husband), but I wasn’t happy with the combination of grays.

New Paint Color for Bedroom - Marty's Musings

So at 10 pm the night Tim painted we decided to try and rearrange the furniture and see if it was possible to make this small room seem bigger.

Guess what? After 23 years with the furniture in the we discovered a better layout and the transformation was on!

Alas, that did mean Tim had to repaint the accent wall to match the others. Oops. Sorry about that one.  

When we rearranged the furniture I was so afraid I would get up in the middle of the night and run into a wall! 23 years of the same ol’ same ol’ makes for some pretty engrained habits!

From there we were off to the races, with a few distractions along the way.

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

What do you think? Isn’t it amazing? Who knew this room could be so inviting and serene?

Here are more of the details: We moved the bed from under the long standard window to underneath the high wide windows.

Grey and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

The only piece of furniture that we took out of the room was a hope chest that was at the end of the bed, and it freed up the space immediately.

Tim built me the headboard out of louvered closet doors and I worked my magic with distressing.

Grey and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

Our dark bedroom furniture was chalk painted and distressed. The difference is amazing!

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

One of the most important elements of the room was the fabric. The comforter was passed down to me by my daughter because she knew exactly what I wanted. She also knew her mama wasn’t going to spend $400 or some such ridiculous amount on bed linens! 

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

The fabric was provided by Online Fabric Store, and there will be tutorials to come on all the no sew projects. (See the No Sew Fabric Cornice here.)

Looking back towards the larger window, I just love the pops of coral. This room is lighter and brighter than any other in our home, but I still need some bold color mixed in.

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

Tim and I went round and round about the wardrobe. We covered the inserts first with a fabric that just didn’t work and ended up choosing the fabric that was intended for cording around the window treatments. I’m totally thrilled with this gorgeous fabric.

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings 

On the other side of the room you can see how amazing the dresser looks! This furniture was actually a hand me down from my brother many, many years ago. I had to talk Tim into painting it, and I think it adds just the right touch of shabby chic elegance.

 Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

If you look closely into this corner you can see the fence board box Tim built me to store all those pillows from the bed. Like most men, I imagine, he can’t stand that many pillows so he gave me a place to put them. Thoughtful man, isn’t he?

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings 

One of my favorite changes probably won’t surprise you.

Since my love language is definitely DIY, my hubby nailed it with new closet doors. This may sound unfeminine, but give me doors that open instead of slide and I am in heaven! No flowers or candy for me!

Gray and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

Guess whose idea it was? Yep. Mine. Love it. The end.  

Do you understand now why I’m so proud of this makeover?

I learned how to chalk paint furniture with this room.

I made a no sew bedskirt and pillows, and my husband and I tackled no sew cornices

The framed earring organizer was a DIY and I survived my first French graphic transfer project for a fence board repurposed box.

I used scrapbook paper in several projects and mixed burnished gold accents with gray and white.

I proved to myself that I could trust my own tastes and create a space that was both beautiful and functional.

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 ***Paint color is BEHR Premium Plus Ultra, Interior Eggshell Enamel, Pewter  Mug 770E-3.

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  1. You and Tim did a beautiful job, Marty! You’d never know it’s the same space. Love, love, love the new look!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you, sweet friend. You’re such an encourager for this “figure it out as I go” thrifty blogger! Glad you got to actually see the room before the makeover.

  2. roxann says:

    Love the Transformation on a budget!! That’s what I’m talking about. Love the pops of coral color.

  3. Diana says:

    Well done Marty, this looks like a totally new space. You should be very proud. I’ve always loved the dining room, but this is my next favorite.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Diana, I haven’t heard from you lately! I’m glad you’re still in the internet world and I appreciate your comment!

  4. Sarah says:

    It seems so much brighter and more open. Nice job! And that fluffy throw on the foot of the bed — I kind of want to snuggle it.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you, Sarah! I love that throw, too! Moving the furniture around totally changed the room. Too bad it took us 23 years to try it!

  5. Kathy t says:

    I love the color combination you choose. What a difference it makes having your bed moved under the other window 🙂 who knew!
    Beautiful !

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Kathy. Gray and coral is my new favorite color combo, too! Thanks for visiting!

  6. JulieMc says:

    You and your hubby have done an awesome job with your bedroom. Our family went through extremely thin times… I know we enjoy the things we worked hard on to make “ours” so much more than something purchased brand new. Never be afraid to be you – you’re obviously terrific!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Julie. We know what lean times look like as well, and I love figuring out ways to have a beautiful home without breaking the bank. Thank you so much for the compliment!

  7. Gorgeous room makeover! Love the grey. Very soothing. I love the dresser and nightstand!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you, Lisa! It took a while to get used to the change, and the furniture turned out even more amazing than I imagined. Thanks so much!

  8. Angie says:

    Wow! The transformation looks great!! Beautiful color combo!!

  9. Dawn says:

    What an amazing bedroom transformation. I love how the dresser turned out….great color combination. Pinining!!

    • Marty Walden says:

      The dresser turned out even better than I imagined, thankfully! Thank you!

  10. Marty it looks fantastic!
    Beautiful colour choice and I just have to say that I had to go back and look at the fantastic corner detail on your crown … how interesting and unusual, I love it!
    From the armoire makeover to the fabric choices… everything looks fresh and crisp… beautiful!!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Cynthia. Thank you so much for your sweet, encouraging words. I can’t believe you noticed the crown molding. That was my hubby’s handiwork years ago. I’ll tell him you liked it!

  11. Hard to believe it’s the same room!!! Love how you simplified the furnishings and updated the doors. And the coral really makes the grey pop!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Heather, there was definitely too much stuff in here before, but that happens when you have lots of kids and animals!

  12. Judy Kelley says:

    I love the headboard idea. if you don’t mind sharing, I would love to know how it was done.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Judy. I’m working on the tutorial for the headboard but it’s two louvered doors that were cut down and then bolted to the wall. They’re not attached to the bed. Hopefully I’ll have a specific tutorial up soon!

  13. WOW!!! It all looks so gorgeous. The cabinet details are my favorite. I can not believe you had your furniture the same for 23 years, I am sure you may bump a knee and stump a toe before you get used to it! LOVE IT. ~Sonya

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hey, Sonya. Our rooms are small so we just didn’t think there was any other arrangement that would work. Surprise! We were wrong! Thank you for the sweet compliments!

  14. I love gray and coral together and that striped bedskirt is too cute for words! I know you are in love with your new room! Enjoy!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hey, Leslie. I am totally in love with the room. Now to try and keep it straight and uncluttered!

  15. Marty, that’s gorgeous! You really outdid yourself with this one!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you so much, Pam! I’m so pleased that it all came together. You know how the creative process is. No guarantee it will all work out!

  16. Breanna says:

    Love the transformation! Coral and gray are such a great combo 🙂

  17. Malia says:

    It’s so gorgeous! I am so impressed… I am in the midst of a similar project!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Malia! Good luck with your room. It only took 6 months to pull it all together. Got a little distracted there! Hope yours doesn’t take that long!

  18. Wow, Marty! You outdid yourself with this one! So inviting and calming, but still so happy! I love the color scheme and can’t believe you did it all with repurposed finds! Congratulations!!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Kelly! You’re so sweet! It was a true labor of love, but it took longer to do than I expected. It was worth it, though!

  19. Oh my gosh…. what a beautiful bedroom! The transformation is just stunning! Your headboard is the coolest thing ever. Pinned!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hey, Donna. Thank you for the kudos. I’ll tell my husband you loved the headboard. It was really easy and I’m working on a banner to hang on it, but couldn’t wait to share it!

  20. Marty – it looks so GOOD!! I bet you love it! Becky

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thanks so much, Becky! I do love it. Gray is definitely a new color for me to work with.

  21. Did I miss the paint color? I’m getting ready for some gray things. Love the colors and budget is always good.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thanks for asking, Rosemary. I’ll add it to the post. The paint color is BEHR Premium Plus Ultra, Interior Eggshell Enamel, Pewter Mug 770E-3.

  22. Tanya says:

    Beautiful room. I have a dresser similar to yours that belonged to my great aunt. It’s 100% real wood. I am torn about repainting it, but it doesn’t match our decor. What do you advise? In addition, where did you purchase the shelves used in the bathroom model? I would like similar shelves for my kitchen and pantry.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Tanya! I know some people are sticklers about not painting wood, but our furniture was solid wood but so very dated. Chalk painting allowed us to still keep the furniture but mix and match a few different pieces together. If you have furniture that is scuffed up it is an ideal way to freshen it up. Plus, since our room is so small the white lightens the room as well. Do wha tyou love!

      Sorry, the shelves were handmade with fence board by my husband. Not sure if you can find them anywhere online. Good luck!

  23. Jan says:

    First time visitor. I’m really impressed with the transformation, wow! It’s very pretty, and I like how light and airy it looks now. What are the dimensions of your room? I’m curious because I recently moved to a “new” older single story ranch house with a corner set of those high wide windows. The walls I inherited from Mrs. Seller are a medium grey and dark brown wide-slat vinyl blinds on the windows with dark-stained woodwork. The hardwood floor was redone and is a much lighter tone. The room is 10′ x 12′ and I have less furniture in it than you do in yours, but it feels/looks cramped. I will be taking a closer look at your thought processes during your redo, maybe I can find something to help me make my room live larger.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Jan. Our room is 10×12 as well. I have always hated our high windows until we did the window treatments and hung them up to the ceiling. It makes the biggest difference. I think the white comforter and painting the furniture as well as the gray walls, helped our room feel larger. It’s still small, but it’s not cramped like it used to be. I hope you’re able to figure out your room! Small rooms are definitely hard.

  24. Denise Witt says:

    I’m interested in the afghan on the bed. The one in coral.
    Is it hand made, and if so where can I find the pattern? If purchased, from where was it purchased?

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Denise. I got the throw at Home Goods for $20. It was my one new purchase and I absolutely love it!

      • Martha says:

        I don’t have a Homegoods store nearby. Do you know the brand? I would like to try to get the throw online.

        • Marty Walden says:

          Hi, Martha. I looked on the throw and unfortunately I had cut the tags off. I’m sorry! Have a great day!

  25. Christine says:

    Drooling over here!!! Can I move in?

    • Marty Walden says:

      Anytime, Christine! Although I might want to ask my husband first 🙂

  26. Love it Marty! I am loving your color combo 🙂 So refreshing! Thanks for sharing at #inspirationmonday

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thanks, Debbie! I am totally crushing on coral especially these days!

  27. WOW, Marty oh my goodness what a difference! Well done, for sure! It all looks amazing!
    One question- what did you do with those white painted wall sconce lights? They’d be great in your new space for added lighting – at your dresser or even back next to your awesome shutter headboards. I love them, they’re really cool. You should consider using them again, the white would look great – as you know – against your awesome new wall color. Love it, good job, lady!!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hey, Michele. We decided not to use the hanging lights. My husband and I rarely read in bed and we don’t even have a tv in there. The two lights on either side of the bed provide plenty of light. They’re in the attic, though, sure to be used somewhere again!

  28. Shambray says:

    Wow! Fantastic job! I love those colors together!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Shambray. I love the color combo together even more each day! Thanks!

  29. Your bedroom makeover is lovely! Love your pops of coral and your headboard! This is my first visit to your blog; popped over from Metamorphosis Monday 🙂

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you for visiting, Heather! I hope you’ll come back!

  30. Mayris Rodriguez says:

    I love that transformation. My room furniture is brown and I would love to change to white, but furniture is quite new and expensive. Do you think I could or should change the color? I surely would transform everything like you did. Very inspiring job done!! Congratulations!!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Mayris. Painting furniture is purely a personal decision. Once you paint it you can’t go back, though. If you’re just wanting to lighten up the room maybe do it through the bedding or window treatments or even pillows. I love my furniture and it was solid even if it was 20 years old, and I don’t regret painting it one bit. Good luck with deciding!

  31. Mandee @ Reservations For Five says:

    You did a wonderful job on your room transformation! I love the new colors. The room gives such a tranquil feel. Enjoy your room!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you, Mandee! We are enjoying the room a lot! It sill surprises me sometimes because the change was so drastic!

  32. Gorgeous makeover!! I really love the coral – if my husband was on board I’d totally add coral to my bedroom too 😉

  33. I came over from a link party because I HAD to see how gray and coral were combined! You did a great job and your hard work shows! The room has such a different energy now. Much lighter and refreshing.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thanks for coming over to visit! Our bedroom is definitely lighter and brighter! Have a great weekend!

  34. Katie Goldsworthy says:

    So beautiful!!! Wow, what an update!

    • Marty Walden says:

      I’m glad you liked my bedroom makeover, Katie! Have a great day!

  35. Wow! Gorgeous transformation! I love those colors! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!

  36. Nora says:

    Wow I love what you did. Ive been wanting to paint my room blue, but now I think a blue/grey would be much nicer. Please give us a tutorial on how you did the window treatments. They would be perfect for my project.

  37. Kathy says:

    I am partial to greens and blues but what you’ve done here might make me change my mind! Wow. I can’t begin to say how much I love what you have done. The vibe that is conveys is so calming. Perfect for a bedroom!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you, Kathy! Our bedroom is certainly different than before!

  38. Ann Voskamp says:

    Slipping over from Apartment Therapy just to say … the room is *beautiful*! Inspiring!
    And your reading selection makes me smile 🙂 Eucharisteo!
    All’s grace,

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Ann! What a thrill for me that you commented! I am a huge fan of your writing. We also homeschool and 1000 Gifts was a book I read to my youngest two still at home. They are both adopted and parenting them has been such a difficult but rewarding journey. Keeping a gratitude journal is such an easy and powerful tool for all of us. We actually do a blessing jar each year that we open on Thanksgiving and our married kids bring their slips of blessings as well. Sweet family memories.

      I started my blog as a way of connecting with adoptive moms with kids from hard places and it’s grown in ways I could never have imagined. I have always sought to be transparent with our heartaches and blessings. Your writing touches me because of your own transparency and incredible way with words. You are a blessing!

  39. Megan says:

    Where did you get your comforter from? I love it!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Megan. The comforter was actually a hand me down from my daughter and I believe she got it about 3 years ago at Home Goods. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  40. Elizabeth says:

    Where did you get the blanket from? Or happened to know the brand?

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Elizabeth. You asked me about a throw in my bedroom several days ago. If you’re still interested I got it from Home Goods. So sorry to be late getting back to you. Marty

  41. Genni says:

    i love your new room! We just bought a smaller Ranch home And I am having such a hard time with my master! Would you Mind sharing with me the dimensions of your room?

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Genni. I think the room is around 12×15. We rearranged it and that helped tremendously. We only have a queen bed so that also helps. Small rooms are definitely a challenge. Good luck!

  42. Shelby says:

    Where is this coral blanket from ? On the end of the bed

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Shelby. The throw is from Home Goods. Have a great day! Marty

  43. Cheri says:

    Where did you find the beautiful coral throw on the end of the bed?
    Everything looks beautiful! Well done

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Cheri. The throw is from Home Goods. Thanks for the compliment! Have a wonderful day!

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